The adjunct faculty at North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management are part-time faculty members who are professionals in the business, government, and non-profit sectors. These unique individuals bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom.
Michelle AronsonHuman Resources Director, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Michelle Aronson has 15 years of professional experience in human resources and currently serves as the director of human resources at Swedish Covenant Hospital, an urban, nonprofit, 230-bed teaching hospital with over 2,500 employees. Her professional experience includes benefits, compensation, recruitment, employee health, wellness, organizational development, and strategy. Aronson is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Managers (SHRM) where she holds a Senior Professional Certification. She earned an MBA at the University of Illinois.
Jacqueline Babb served as the director of development and strategic programs for the Illinois CPA Society for eight years. In this role, she was the staff director for the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the philanthropic arm of of the Illinois CPA Society, and led a team in developing marketing strategies and programs to engage accounting majors with the organization. She teaches courses in integrated marketing communications and marketing for nonprofit organizations. Babb earned her MS from Northwestern University.
Paul BacklundOwner, Backlund Associates, Ltd. and Backlund & Crawford
Paul Backlund currently owns two companies: Backlund Associates, Ltd. (a management consulting firm) and Backlund & Crawford (a marketing and relationship building company). Throughout his career, he has directed sizable organizations in the achievement of their profit and performance objectives, including new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits, and education. His experience includes a range of high-level positions in human resources, higher education, strategic planning, marketing, business development, and management consulting. Backlund earned an MBA from Northwestern University.
Meghann BeerNonprofit Consultant
Meghann Beer is a nonprofit consultant who works with organizations of diverse sizes and missions to help them expand their capacity, develop successful strategies, and effectively evaluate their programs. She has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector including having been the executive director of Giving Back to Africa, an international education and community development organization. She has also taught courses in nonprofit management and leadership at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington; directed service-learning experiences in Kenya, Tanzania, and Nepal; and co-created and led Africa Yoga Project’s volunteer service trips in Kenya. Beer earned her MPA from Indiana University.
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Pamela Bozeman-EvansSenior Director for Career Development and Internships, North Park University
Pamela Bozeman-Evans, MPA, has held several nonprofit leadership positions including Blue Gargoyle Executive Director and senior program director for Gary Comer Youth Center. Bozeman-Evans also served as the Chicago Director for Senator Barack Obama, and director of the community service center for the University of Chicago.
Juan CalixtoOwner and Principal Consultant, Ideation First
Vice President of External Relations, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Juan Calixto, CFRE, is vice president of external relations for Chicago Community Loan Fund, a not-for-profit community development financial institution that provides financing and technical assistance for projects that will have a positive social impact. He is also co-owner and principle consultant for Ideation First LLC, a firm that provides management and fundraising counsel to nonprofit and public agencies. He launched his fundraising consulting practice in 2007 after working for 20 years in the social service sector. He was the former director of development for Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Spanish Coalition for Jobs. He also was a center director for Chicago Youth Centers. Calixto is co-founder of Latinos in Development and served as the first president of this professional association. He earned his MPA from Roosevelt University.
Alese CampbellExecutive Director, GLMV Chamber of Commerce
Alese Campbell, CPA, started her career with Touche Ross, now Deloitte, as a staff auditor and moved on to become a successful entrepreneur for 14 years, owning two convenience store franchises. She followed her entrepreneurial path to serve as the director of the Small Business Development Center at the College of Lake County, a program is designed to assist prospective and current entrepreneurs jump-start or expand their business. Currently, Campbell is the executive director of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce, a 500-member orgnaization serving the communities of Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, and Vernon Hills. Campbell earned her MBA from North Park University.
Christa Beall DiefenbachDirector of Marketing, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Christa Diefenbach has worked for over 15 years in development, communications, and event management for nonprofits that range in size from small to multi-million dollar institutions. She launched successful major gift campaigns at two human services organizations, raising over a million dollars through major gifts and grants. She earned her MBA from North Park University and previously served as the associate director at the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management.
Judith DonorIndependent Consultant
Judith Donor is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. She has more than 25 years of experience in the business world, primarily in the areas of custom home building (design and sales) and international sales and development. She has utilized multicultural skills in working across these cultures, and implemented an ISO program throughout an entire organization and its subsidiaries. She is a management and organizational development consultant whose specialty is in human resource issues and management development to create forward thinking workplaces. She earned her MBA from North Park University.
David EnquistPresident, Enquist and Associates, Inc.
David W. Enquist has over 30 years of lending experience to entrepreneurial companies across the United States, including establishing his own lending and consulting business in 1989 after a career as a commercial banker. Over the years, he has been responsible for originating nearly $1 billion in commercial loans, and is a recognized authority in the packaging and utilization of Small Business Administration guaranteed loans. In addition, Enquist has been an owner and involved in the operation of a number of small businesses, using his lending expertise to creatively structure a broad range of financial solutions. He earned his MBA at DePaul University.
Scott FortnumExecutive Director, The Living City Foundation
Scott Fortnum is executive director of the Living City Foundation. A professional fundraiser since 1990, he served as CDO for Saint Elizabeth Foundation, vice president development for ALS Canada, and as national development director with Ducks Unlimited Canada. Scott has taught graduate fundraising courses at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
Brendan FosterExecutive Director, National Veterans Art Museum
Brendan P. Foster has over 15 years of leadership experience serving the nonprofit sector and currently serves as the executive director of the National Veterans Art Museum. Prior to joining NVAM, Foster served as the COO at Albany Park Community Center in Chicago. He began his career in nonprofit leadership as an associate vice president at Family Guidance Centers, Inc., where he designed, developed, and managed programs for adults suffering from addiction. Foster was a three-term member of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter Board of Directors, where he has volunteered in a variety of. He holds an MBA and MNA from North Park University and a BA in psychology from Clarke University.
Dr. Malcolm FraserFounder, Leadership ROI
Malcolm Fraser is the founder of Leadership ROI, a leadership and organization development consultancy. Prior to starting his own business, Malcolm spent 14 years at Motorola University, helping to build a world-renowned training organization. Malcolm has gained experience in roles across multiple industries, including professional services, manufacturing, and health care.
Carrie GroulxExecutive Director
Carrie Groulx is an executive director managing the daily operations of one of the largest home care agencies in Chicago. She has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry, including over 10 years as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and experience working with the CEO of a hospital. Groulx has a diverse knowledge of the financial and clinical components of operating a healthcare environment while maintaining quality care and positive financial outcomes. She has worked with undergraduate and graduate students from Western Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire pursuing degrees in healthcare administration, and has mentored students choosing to work in the senior care industry. Groulx earned her MHA from Western Kentucky University.
Tim HargesheimerAssociate Account Director, New Control Direct & Digital
Tim Hargesheimer has more than 13 years of professional marketing experience that includes consumer rewards, specialized products, project/product management, operations in e-commerce, business strategy, P&L management, creative solutions and unique affiliate/loyalty marketing program initiatives. In previous roles, Hargesheimer has worked as the director of marketing and communications for Sun-Times Media; as a senior agency contact with The Lacek Group on the United Airlines MileagePlus account; as the manager of Restaurant.com’s partner marketing initiatives for multi-unit establishments and of Discover Card’s exclusive online shopping portal (ShopDiscover); and on various loyalty-based transit programs while at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Ericka HarneyOwner, Cause Head Consulting; President, FemCity Lexington, a Femfessionals chapter
Ericka Harney, CFRE, GPC, CVA, has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, board training/development, strategic planning, social entrepreneurship, and program effectiveness. She has been responsible for $20 million in grant requests with successful grant awards of over $8 million. In her experience in annual fund, major gift fundraising, and events, she was responsible for raising over $1.2 million. Harney serves as a federal grant peer reviewer, serves on the governing board for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and is a peer reviewer for The Foundation Review Journal. Harney earned her MA from the University of Kentucky.
Paul Hawkinson has extensive experience as a senior executive in finance and nonprofit leadership. After graduating from North Park University, he served in the audit function at Deloitte and Touche and then completed graduate studies in finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Hawkinson's career in investment banking included serving in leadership at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, and BMO Capital Markets, where he presided over the entire U.S. Industrial Investment Banking Practice. His specific areas of expertise are in automotive industry/cross-border M&A, private equity, and LBO finance. Since his retirement from banking in 2012, Hawkinson has served as a partner in a socially responsible hedge fund (AHP), founded and launched an iPhone application and other startup ventures, and has continued to lead various nonprofit boards. He is particularly interested in driving innovation at the intersection of “for-profit” thinking and social change.
Tim Hort, SPHR, has 25 years of experience in broad-based governance of human resources programs for private and public mid-sized corporations and Fortune 500 companies, such as Amsted Industries, CN, Metal Management (Sims), RSM McGladrey, and the former Santa Fe Railway. Hort assists social service and community arts organizations through fundraising efforts in music and theater.
Penelepe HuntSenior Consultant, Marts & Lundy, Inc.
Penny Hunt is a professional management consultant and executive coach with 25 years of experience in the development field. She is a principal with the firm of Marts & Lundy, a leading consulting firm serving the nonprofit sector, where she focuses on campaign fundraising, comprehensive development programs, and talent management. She has an extensive teaching and training background, have trained over 2,000 academics and development professionals in the theory and practice of fundraising. Before joining Marts & Lundy in early 2013, Hunt served as vice chancellor for development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she led UIC’s $650 million campaign, which exceeded its goal by $26 million. Prior to joining UIC, she spent 13 years at Northwestern University, where she directed the university’s $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign. Her book, Development for Academic Leaders: A Practical Guide to Fundraising Success, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2012. Hunt earned her MM from Northwestern University.
Brady JosephsonStrategic Director, Charity Express
Brady Josephson is passionate about improving and changing charities to improve and change people’s lives. He served as the director of resource development at Spark Ventures in Chicago before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, to work for Opportunity International Canada. There, he held the position of national director for marketing and communications before his move to Charity Express. Josephson serves on the board of the Seacrest Foundation, as well as the advisory council for Spark Ventures and Diamond Club executive committee at North Park University. He earned his MNA from North Park University.
Charles Knittle is a practicing attorney in the Chicago area, representing primarily corporations and other business organizations for many years. He has also taught a variety of law courses, including torts, contracts, litigations, corporate and securities law, business law, estate planning and real estate. Chuck has served on the board of directors of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
Alexandra KruegerBusiness Consultant
Alexandra Krueger helps SMEs capture their growth potential, through strategy, marketing and business development. Her clients span across consumer products, media and entertainment, professional services, non-profits and education companies. Prior to consulting she worked in advertising and graphic design agencies.
Whitney has over 15 years of experience in human resources and adult education. She has a BA in Communication Studies, a MS in Human Resources, and a PHR certification which she maintains through continuous study of best practices. Whitney also brings a wealth of professional experience in recruitment, performance management, compensation, payroll, and benefits. She aims to keep the “human” in human resources and encourages open internal communication and effective organizational behaviors such as motivation, leadership, team-work and creative problem solving. She has a commitment to diversity, integrity and mutual respect. Outside of the HR field, she is a choreographer and dance instructor.
Terry LindsayDean of Diversity and Intercultural Programs, North Park University
Dr. Terry Lindsay joined North Park University in 2008 as dean of diversity and intercultural programs and associate professor of cultural studies. He served previously as associate professor and dean of student development at Harper College, and his areas of interest are diversity in higher education and retention of underrepresented students. Lindsay earned his EdD at Argosy University.
Alexander MacnabPresident, Alexander Macnab & Co.
Alexander “Sandy” Macnab, FAHP, CFRE, is president of Alexander Macnab & Co., a fundraising consulting company he founded in 1994 after serving as assistant vice president for development at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. The creator of nationally recognized annual and planned giving programs, he has conducted feasibility studies, counseled capital campaigns, and provided planned and major gift support to clients throughout North America. A Certified Fundraising Executive and a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, he is a former board member of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, and is their 2012 recipient of the Jonathan Heintzelman Award for service to the planned giving profession. Macnab earned his MEd from Antioch College.
Nathan MedinaDirector of Foundation Relations, Lydia Home Association
Nathan Medina has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1990. He is currently the director of foundation relations for Lydia Home Association, a child welfare agency based in Chicago, where he has secured and/or managed over $9 million in grants since 2006. Prior to working with grants, he worked for 14 years in residential social service agencies, most recently as the VP of residential services.
Julie MeltonDirector of Gift Administration, University of Illinois Foundation
Julie Melton, CFRE, MNA has 15 years development experience specializing in marketing strategies, grant writing, donor recognition/stewardship, annual giving, gift processing and community engagement. She currently serves as director of gift administration for the University of Illinois Foundation and previously served at the VP of development and community partnerships at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. She recieved her MNA from North Park University and was a 2012 recipient of the Jimmie Alford Scholarship.
Judith MucheckVice President of Business Education and Stategy Innovation, LifeWatch
Having studied educational policy at the postgraduate level, Judith Mucheck offers over 25 years of experience as a reflective practitioner and administrator at the local and central offices of Catholic schools across the country. Prior to becoming the vice president of business education and strategy innovation for LifeWatch, Judie worked as the president at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill., Mucheck served as the superintendent of schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, where she coordinated 18 schools, providing expertise in finance and budgeting, human resources, planning and constructing new facilities, strategic planning, and assisting schools in the articulation of their mission. She earned her MS Ed from University of Dayton and a PhD from Georgia State University.
Christopher NicholsonChief Enrollment and Marketing Officer for University College, University of Denver
Chris Nicholson has over 20 years of experience in higher education enrollment management, marketing, and academic administration. Currently, he serves as the chief enrollment and marketing officer for University College at the University of Denver. Nicholson is also an associate consultant for Noel-Levitz, LLC, where he was one of 11 consultants selected to launch the firm’s adult, online, and graduate practice. Nicholson has taught online and face-to-face courses in marketing and higher education for over 15 years, and routinely lectures and presents at conferences around the world. He possesses a bachelor’s degree and MBA from North Park University, and a PhD in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago.
Timothy O'BrienPrincipal, Mutuality Associates, LLC
Dr. Tim O’Brien is an experienced practitioner, consultant, and educator in nonprofit administration. Along with teaching, O’Brien is the founder and general manager of Mutuality Associates, LLC, a consulting and training organization focusing on nonprofit organizations and faith communities. His practice areas include nonprofit finance and operations assessment and education as well as leadership development. O'Brien earned his MA in Management from John F. Kennedy University and his PhD from Union Institute and University (Cincinnati).
Ginny OlsonDirector of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church
Ginny Olson has been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, professor, speaker, consultant, and writer. She is currently serving as the director of youth ministry for the Northwest Conference, a regional office of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. She was previously one of two directors of North Park University's Center for Youth Ministry Studies, where she worked with undergraduate and seminary students as well as churches and nonprofits. Before entering academia, she was on the staff of various churches, including Grace Church Edina, Minn., and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. Olson is the author of Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them, as well as the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0.
Martin PaulsonChief County Assessment Officer, Lake County
Marty Paulson has worked in the property tax arena for over twenty years and for the last ten years as the chief county assessment officer for Lake County. He was appointed by the General Assembly to the State Property Tax Reform and Relief Task Force; has served on the board of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County; and was a part of the initial board of trustees for St. Martin des Porres High School – a Cristo Rey School. Paulson earned his MBA and MS from DePaul University.
Kurt PetersonDeputy Commissioner, Bureau of Human Resources
City of Chicago, Department of Fleet and Facility Management
Kurt Peterson has over 18 years of experience in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors in the fields of organizational behavior, training, and human resource management. He has provided leadership to educational institutions and corporate consulting firms as a teacher, administrator, human resources manager, and consultant. In his current position with the city of Chicago, Peterson is responsible for the human resources bureau of a 1,150-employee department, overseeing payroll and personnel services, hiring, training, injured-on-duty and return-to-work programs, and labor/employee relations. He earned his MS from Regis University and MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary.
Reginald Ponder spent the last 20-plus years both on the client and agency sides using consumer insights to increase sales and improve lives. His career began at Leo Burnett marketing to a broad audience and he also has extensive experience in market segmentation. Ponder has worked in the automotive, telecommunications, fast food, and retail industries.
Andrew ShaferVice President for Advancement, Aquinas College
Andrew Shafer brings diversity from the field into the North Park classroom with experience in nonprofit management and higher education advancement. Currently, he serves as vice president for advancement at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn, where he is rebuilding the institution's entire advancement operation to include alumni relations, development, advancement services, and marketing.
Robert ShafisDirector of Major and Planned Giving, The Field Museum of Natural History
Robert Shafis has been a successful fundraiser, speaker, and attorney for over 20 years. He began working in fundraising with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Foundation, where, as senior vice president, he and his staff raised over $100 million a year for LCMS ministries. He was director of planned gifts for the National Alzheimer’s Association and for Alexian Brothers Health System Foundation, and served as director of major and planned giving at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where he participated in a successful campaign raising over $200 million. Shafis is currently the director of major and planned giving at Chicago's Field Museum. He has conducted planned giving audits, teaches major and planned giving courses, and has spoken to many national and local groups about major and planned giving, estate planning, charitable tax issues, and the process of fundraising. Shafis earned his JD from Valparaiso University.
Marlon SmithManaging Director, Loop Capital Markets
Marlon Smith is a managing director with Loop Capital Markets and currently heads the infrastructure investment banking team. Prior to joining Loop Capital Markets, he was a vice president in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs, and Co. and began his career as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen. Over the course of the last 15 years Smith has executed numerous strategic and financing transactions for many well-known corporations and government clients. His experience includes acquisitions, divestitures, public-private partnerships (P3), restructurings, and debt and equity financings spanning multiple infrastructure and related industry sectors including utilities, telecommunications, media, technology, transportation, hospitality, and general industrials. Smith currently serves as treasurer and trustee of Merit School of Music. He earned a BS in accountancy from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Debra M. StonikasCEO, Northpointe Consulting; Executive Director, M.E.R.C.Y. Communities
Debra Stonikas serves as the executive director of M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, a human services organization, where she instituted both a client outcome measurement platform as well an innovative key performance indicator incentive plan for staff. She also consults with nonprofits in the realms of strategic planning, performance measurement, and organizational outcomes. Prior to moving to the nonprofit sector, Stonikas worked in various managerial positions in the corporate world, including serving as the chief information officer of a regional bank. She earned her MBA at DePaul University.
Shannon Anglea StubblefieldDevelopment Director, North County Lifeline
Shannon Anglea Stubblefield, CFRE, is the development director at North County Lifeline, a social services organization in California. She previously served as the director of individual giving for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and as a development officer at the McCormick Tribune Foundation, where she raised funds through national partnerships and local individual donor relationships. Stubblefield also served as the evaluation and development manager for a social service organization that grew out of a department of United Way to become 2-1-1 San Diego. In this capacity, she managed all aspects of fundraising, including government contracts, grants, and individual giving. Stubblefield earned an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.
Darrylinn ToddVice President of Academic and Student Affairs, City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College
Dr. Darrylinn Todd is committed to the mission of a learning and assessment-centered college system, which empowers students of diverse backgrounds and abilities to achieve academic, career, and personal success. Her educational and business career spans over 20 years and includes administration and leadership positions in the development of best practices to support the implementation of AA, AS, AAS, and online degrees at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). She has also held a number of education, business, and management positions with Chicago Public Schools, Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories in Illinois and New Jersey. Todd earned her MA from Oakland University as well as an MBA and EdD from Northern Illinois University.
Jonathan VanderBrugIndependent Nonprofit Consultant
Jonathan B. VanderBrug has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He works as an independent consultant and has provided guidance to nonprofits such as the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Hemophilia Federation of America. Prior to this, he served as health care justice director for the Campaign for Better Health Care, Illinois’ largest advocacy coalition focused on health care reform.
Molly Vanderloo has a background in international and local non-profit work as well as a decade of professional services. Molly was the leader of McGladrey's outsourcing services to the non-profit industry. This experience led Molly to start Vanderloo Financial Services (VFS), which provides finance and accounting services to the nonprofit industry. Molly's experience also includes an international foundation and a school-based youth organization, as well as consulting services to NGOs in Kenya and Lithuania. She also spent five years as a technical analyst at IBM. Molly serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Heartland Human Care Services (Heartland Alliance affiliate) and has been active on many of their committees, primarily investment and finance, and initiatives the past ten years. Molly has a bachelor’s degree in finance and an International MBA.
Rick YngvePresident/Consultant, Yngve & Associates
Rick Yngve is as an advisor, speaker, and teacher with experience built from a career in entrepreneurial development, the nonprofit sector, and higher education, as well as involvement in the startups of a software company and regional sports magazine company. Yngve advises small businesses and nonprofits across the country, offering training and consulting on business planning, customer and competitive research, relational marketing strategies, and sales/fundraising techniques. He has been a featured speaker at a variety of schools, conferences, and leadership programs, and teaches university courses including entrepreneurship, marketing, nonprofit management, strategy, and leadership. Yngve earned his MBA at the University of Arizona.
Senior Content Strategist, Razorfish
Janet Borggren has more than 20 years of experience in management and technology consulting. Some of her projects have included designing the user interface for an online electricity marketplace, developing a program to “re-tool” an international IT practice, managing content for a corporate website, creating business processes for an internet startup, managing a project team split between Chicago and Manila, and working with Second City to write a video mocking “consultantese.” Borggren earned her MA at the University of Chicago.
Immediate Consumption Manager, Walgreens
Lisa Brown has been with Mars, Inc. for 21 years. She is currently responsible for $100 million in Mars Chocolate retail sales at Walgreen's stores in North America (including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska) as well as managing a national broker responsible for $11 million in regional drug customer sales. She serves on the Metro Advancement Council, a committee of the Board of Directors of the Midtown Educational Foundation.
Partner in Financial Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Marie Carr has worked in management consulting for the past sixteen years. In addition to her work in management consulting, Carr is on the ministerial board of Christian Heritage Training Center where she serves as the minister of music and as the president of Finance: According to Your Faith (FATYF), which is a Christian financial education ministry. Since 2006, FATYF has been seen in more than 100 countries and the teachings, workshops, and classes have helped a broad range of churches, conferences, youth programs, and universities. Carr earned her MBA at the University of Chicago and a PhD from Hope Bible School and Seminary.
Vice President, Human Capital Management, American Westbrook Insurance Services
As a certified professional in human resources, Greg Crawford brings more than 20 years of human resources management experience to his current position as vice president, human capital management. He was the director of employment for Empire BlueCross/BlueShield of New York, director of human resources for the start-up operations of National Futures Association, human resources manager for the Chicago Board of Trade. In addition, Crawford has held senior sales and marketing positions with the Signature Group, Adecco, and the TJ Adams Group. He earned his MA at Governors State University.
Executive Director and Dean, University Center of Lake County
Dr. Gary Grace has over 30 years of higher education experience in both public and private institutions, including at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Morehead State University, Miami University, Florida State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. For fourteen years, Grace also served as a visiting faculty member in the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College. Grace’s expertise and teaching is in the areas of collaborative partnerships, enrollment management, strategic planning, information technology, student learning, and retention. He earned his PhD from Florida State University.
Human Resource Business Partner, ARCH Global Precision, LLC
Shannon Hensel is the Human Resource Business Partner at ARCH Global Precision, LLC, a venture capital and equity group, where she oversees all human resource functions including payroll, compensation, all benefit programs, and ARCH's 401k plans for their portfolio of companies nationwide. Hensel’s prior experience includes working as a principal consultant, Hensel HR Consulting, and as a nationwide and global human resource manager. She also has provided pro bono HR consulting work for a variety of nonprofit boards and organizations, including working with the Taproot Foundation in Chicago. Hensel earned her MS at Capella University.
Capital Planner, Kraft Foods
Brian Jackson has over 14 years of financial experience working in public accounting, investment and corporate banking, and consumer products. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen before transitioning into leveraged finance at BMO Capital Markets where he focused on companies in the food industry. Jackson then joined Kraft Foods, working in various management positions in corporate finance. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University.
Vice President Finance, Glazer Kennedy Insider Circler, LLC
Dan Schober is responsible for all financial and accounting operations for Glazer Kennedy Insider Circle. He has over 25 years of professional experience in corporate finance working for Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products and medical device industries. He was director of finance/corporate controller for Ohio Medical Corporation, overseeing the company’s financial planning/analysis and all financial and accounting operations for the company’s Canadian subsidiary. He has also held positions in finance at Kraft Foods, ConAgra Foods, and Sara Lee Corporation. Dan earned his BS in accounting at the State University of New York – Geneseo and a master’s in accounting information systems from Florida Atlantic University. He holds a CPA license in the state of Georgia and is a registered CPA in Illinois.
Chief Financial Officer
Joe Thielmann has over 16 years of progressive experience in all phases of accounting and finance including strategic planning, budgeting, risk management, treasury management, and operations. He is currently a CFO for a private Chicago LLC. Joe’s core areas of expertise are international and domestic finance and cash management, process analysis and improvement, key financial metrics, working capital management, operations and capital planning, and investment. He has worked for various multinational companies in several industries including marketing/promotions, manufacturing, beverage, retail, and food service management for B2B, B2C, and wholesale. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Joe earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Human Resources Business Lead, Kraft Foods
Martha Trott has been a Human Resources Business Lead (HRBL) at Kraft Foods for the past 10 years, working with leaders on talent acquisition, organization design, development planning, and employee relations. Prior to Kraft, she worked for Amoco Corporation, Chicago Park District, and Honda of America, all in HR leadership roles both in plants and in corporate settings. Trott has significant experience in facilitation, mentoring, organization design, and employee engagement strategies. She also serve on the board of the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University. Martha has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Master’s degree in Labor Relations both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.